Influential and life-changing research recognised

Congratulations to Dr Julia Ebner who's project, ‘Understanding indicators of proneness to extreme violence among online users’ came runner up at the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prizes this month. 

These prizes, for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-supported researchers, celebrate social science researchers whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, in the UK and internationally.

Dr Ebner's highly-novel project looked at online terror and builds on existing research from the fields of cognitive anthropology, social psychology and communication studies.


Helping predict real world violence among online users | ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2023


Her research used analytical technology to predict acts of terror and violence, creating a new framework to tackle extremism online. By identifying language patterns and creating a violence risk index, the assessment framework was applied to extremist ideology and highlighted challenges faced by key security groups. Her approach provided nuanced and beneficial contributions to private and public approaches to violence risk assessment. 

Part of the Festival of Social Science, the awards were announced at the ceremony at the Royal Society in London.  

Find out more about the six Oxford social scientists to scoop awards at this year's ceremony.